Georgia man arrested on drug, gun charges

Published 10:30 am Tuesday, July 3, 2018

A Georgia man was arrested Monday after his vehicle was stopped for speeding, and is now facing various drug- and gun-related charges, according to Maj. Percy Knight of the Bogalusa Police Department.

Knight said that BPD Patrolman William Seals observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Avenue F, at approximately 4:06 p.m. Monday. The vehicle reportedly failed to come to a complete stop at the four-way stop sign, located at the intersection of Avenue F and West Eighth Street.

Knight said that Seals and other BPD officers initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle. The driver, identified as Cedric A. Oatis, 44, of Savannah, Ga., became irate with officers for stopping him, according to Knight.

“While a BPD officer was interviewing Oatis, the odor of alcohol was detected emitting from the vehicle,” Knight said. “The officers instructed Oatis to exit the vehicle and he attempted to roll up his window and refused to get out of the vehicle.”

Knight said that a BPD officer noticed gleanings of suspected marijuana on the carpet between the driver’s door and driver’s seat. Officers again instructed Oatis to exit the vehicle, to which he refused.

“Oatis had to be physically removed from the vehicle where he continued to resist the officers,” Knight said. “Once out of the vehicle, the officers were finally able to handcuff Oatis and place him under arrest.”

The officers then conducted a search of the vehicle within the driver’s wingspan, and located a bottle of Colt 45 Malt Liquor that was still cold and half empty, Knight said. Also reportedly located in the vehicle was a 9-millimeter handgun.

“After a criminal history check on Oatis, it shown that he was a convicted felon,” Knight said. “Officers began a pat-down search on Oatis and located, in his pants pocket, a cellophane wrapper containing five tablets. Three of the tablets were identified as a Xanax and the other two tablets were field-tested and the results came back positive for MDMA (ecstasy).”

Oatis was transported to the Bogalusa City Jail, where he was booked and charged with careless operation of a vehicle, possession of ecstasy, possession of Xanax, illegal carrying of weapons while in possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession or carrying of a weapon by a convicted felon, resisting an officer, possession of alcohol in a vehicle and third-offense possession of marijuana.